ADHD Meds Safe for Adults, Research Finds
ABC News Radio (and multiple outlets)
New research out of Kaiser Permanente Northern California finds that Ritalin and other drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder are safe for use in adults. Ohio State University psychiatry professor Dr. L. Eugene Arnold says there are more than a million adults on the drug in the U.S. "Not everybody outgrows the problem as they mature, some do but some don't," says Arnold. The study -- the largest of its kind -- reviewed health records for more than 400-thousand adults aged 25-65 and found that there was no difference in the number of heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related deaths from people not taking the drugs. Dr. Arnold says taking one of the FDA-approved medications for ADHD "would not be unusually risky" if good reason exists. But there are still safety concerns, Arnold adds.
ABC News Radio online story: http://bit.ly/sluEpk